Maternal mortality rates are on the rise in the United States. Experts have pointed to demographics as a primary cause. High blood pressure and large infant birth weights are often blamed. A new investigation points to a bigger problem: misdiagnoses and delayed care.
A surgical cut made to the vagina during the labor and delivery practice has become fairly standard practice, but should it? A recent analysis finds that dozens of hospitals have episiotomy rates at or above 20%. Many even double this rate.
Technological advances impact every part of our lives. Applications help everything from how we choose a restaurant to how we navigate our commute to the office. These advances even play a role in health care, a role that will continue to grow.
This was not her first delivery. The mother came to the hospital with plans to welcome her fourth baby into the family. Complications during the labor and delivery process led to excessive bleeding. Family and other medical experts accused the medical staff attending to the delivery of causing the bleeding and failing to properly manage the mother's injuries. As a result of these injuries, the mother died. Shortly after her death, the baby was born.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, complex thing. The idea that a human being can grow another human being in their womb never ceases to amaze. Many bodily processes take place to successfully develop the fetus and prepare a pregnant woman for giving birth. Unfortunately, there are also many things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, placing the life of the mother and child at risk.
Recent reports have unearthed some serious concerns about maternal mortality in the United States. A six-month long investigation conducted by NPR and Pro Publica discovered the U.S. has the worst record for maternal mortality compared to any other developed country in the world.
Medical emergencies can happen at any time -- including during the labor and delivery of an infant. Patients expect physicians to prepare for and address these complications as they unfold.
Liability in a medical malpractice case is not always clear. There are situations when multiple parties are responsible for an error and others where although a number of medical professionals were involved only one bears the responsibility of the diagnosis and treatment.
Most expecting parents will take the time to decorate the nursery or read parenting books before their new child arrives into the world. Often, the delivery itself is overlooked by new parents due to the excitement of parenting.
The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates compared to developed countries with similar resources. Many of these deaths are avoidable. One example: deaths related to VTE.